Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions Friday night — just two days shy of his retirement. The former high-ranking FBI official was frequently singled out by President Donald Trump on Twitter — as recently as December — for his role in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server during the 2016 election. “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits,” Trump tweeted late last year.
When Candace Jean Andersen came across a photo of a group of people at a 1971 science conference in Virginia, she noticed that the only person who was unidentified in the caption was a black woman. Andersen’s plea was met by more than 11,000 people who chimed in to help identify the only female at the science conference. The conference was in June (1971) in Virginia, with participants from 10 countries.
The 88-year-old lawmaker had been the first woman to chair the House Rules Committee and was her party’s top member on the panel when she died. The New York Democrat died at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, a week after a fall in which she’d sustained a concussion, said Liam Fitzsimmons, her chief of staff. Slaughter had a degree in microbiology and was originally from Harlan County, Kentucky, and her soft, twangy accent always seemed out of place for someone representing a district around Rochester, New York.
"We want our daughter to come home to- make our family whole again," Sabrina's mother Marlene Aisenberg told ABC News' "20/20."
In addition to dealing with round-the-clock darkness in the winter and the constant threat of polar bears, the 2,000 residents in the remote Norwegian town of Longyearbyen must also follow one very strange law: it's illegal to die there. Located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard about halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, Longyearbyen is so cold that dying has been illegal there since 1950 when locals discovered that bodies weren't decomposing in the cemetery because of the frigid weather. While cremation urns are allowed to be buried there, so few people have taken up on this option that the terminally ill must leave the island and fly to the Norwegian mainland to spend their last days.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been shrinking for a century and a half, and in recent years it has turned a deep orange color. Scientists are tracking these changes to see how the iconic spot is morphing, as well as how it might break apart altogether in the future, according to a new study. A team of researchers created a timeline for the diminishing cyclone by looking at archived observations of the Great Red Spot, according to a recent statement by NASA. To trace the storm's size, color, drift rate and shape, they combined these historical findings with spacecraft data going as far back as 1979, from the two Voyager missions, as well as data obtained from annual observations conducted with NASA's
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority said it’s pursuing 16 charges against former President Jacob Zuma including graft and racketeering that were shelved nine years ago amid allegations of political interference. The announcement on Friday compounded Zuma’s dramatic fall from power after he was forced to step down as president two months ago to be replaced by new ruling party leader, Cyril Ramaphosa. “I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution of Mr. Zuma,” Chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams told reporters in Pretoria, the capital.
The U.S. Department of Energy has commissioned a national group of scientists to study the viability of diluting surplus weapons-grade plutonium and storing it permanently at the federal government's underground repository in New Mexico. The panel of about 15 scientists from universities, corporations and laboratories around the nation will evaluate the storage potential at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only facility for permanently disposing of tons of Cold War-era waste contaminated with small amounts of plutonium and other man-made radioactive elements. The scientists held their first meeting in November in Washington, D.C., then gathered again Tuesday in Carlsbad, where officials gave presentations and fielded questions on the feasibility of bringing plutonium to the repository, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports.
A rainbow which lit up the sky for nearly nine hours is officially recognized by the Guinness World Records for being the world’s longest-lasting one. Authorities from the organization held a ceremony on Saturday in Taiwan to honor the achievement—the first-ever world record the country has received for a natural science-related phenomenon, Taiwan News reports. Professors and students at the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan witnessed the rainbow, which lasted for 8 hours and 58 minutes last November.
(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. military helicopter has crashed in western Iraq with seven service members on board, U.S. officials said Thursday. The officials said that so far there is no indication that the Pave Hawk helicopter was shot down. The helicopter
Botswana's President Ian Khama on Friday accused the US government of encouraging elephant poaching following its recent decision to reverse a ban on imports of sport-hunted trophies. Khama was speaking at an African elephant conservation conference in Botswana. "I want to take this moment to condemn in the strongest possible terms, the decision taken by... the (Donald) Trump administration who on the 1st of March this year... issued a memorandum that with immediate effect, the US government would consider issuing permits for certain elephant trophies from six African countries," said Khama.
Nearly 75% of teachers oppose the idea of being trained to carry guns in schools, a new survey finds. The Gallup survey polled 497 school teachers from March 5 through 12. Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people, President Trump has said that arming teachers should be a part of gun policy.
Space travel just got even more complicated. University of New Hampshire researchers recently concluded there’s at least 30 percent more dangerous radiation in our solar system than previously thought, which could pose a significant risk to both humans and satellites who venture there. In their study, published Feb. 22 in the journal Space Weather, the researchers found that astronauts could experience radiation sickness or possibly more serious long-term health effects, including cancer and damage to the heart, brain, and central nervous system, said Nathan Schwadron, a space plasma physics professor at UNH and lead author of the study. “Both concerns are very serious, but what we’re seeing
The murder of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco this week drew thousands of mourners into city streets across Brazil, many believing the popular advocate for Brazil’s poorest was assassinated. Franco, 38, and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were killed Wednesday night when two men in a car fired nine shots into her vehicle, according to the Associated Press. Franco’s press secretary also suffered minor injuries but survived, according to Reuters.
Growing patches of ice and minerals associated with liquid water reveal that the dwarf planet Ceres is still evolving. Researchers studying the warmer region of Ceres — the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — have noticed that a patch of ice has grown larger over time. In addition, a separate team found carbon-rich minerals on Ceres' surface that do not last long . Together, the new discoveries suggest that water still has a powerful presence on the tiny world. Using NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the researchers studied the surface of the dwarf planet. The first team, led by Andrea Raponi, of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), found a growing patch of
As a theoretical physicist who specializes in cosmology and gravitation, I naturally had many opportunities to interact with Stephen Hawking before his death. Stephen, who lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, traveled with a retinue of students and nurses, as well as his custom-made wheelchair and various pieces of medical equipment. First, only one person in Stephen’s group, a graduate assistant, was licensed to drive the van, and that assistant was staying in a different hotel than Stephen and the nurses.
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed slashing nicotine — you know, that highly addictive ingredient in cigarettes — to negligible, nearly non-addictive levels. "In fact, cigarettes are the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users," Gottlieb said in a statement. "Cigarettes have no place in society any longer," said Desmond Jenson, a senior law attorney at the Public Law Health Center, in an interview.
At a news conference Friday night, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said they have just begun their investigation, and cannot yet say whether any cracking contributed to the collapse. It sounded different from anything he had ever heard before.
Rumor has it that Russian President Vladimir Putin struggled mightily to come up with a compelling campaign platform in the runup to Russian elections this weekend—18 years in power can have that effect.
Brasília (AFP) - Brazil -- the country with the world's greatest fresh water reserves -- hosts an international conference next week on growing fears over the fragility of drinking water supplies in a heating planet. Under the slogan "sharing water," the 8th World Water Forum will bring together 15 heads of state and government, 300 mayors and dozens of experts in the Brazilian capital Brasilia from Sunday to March 23. Participants will meet against the backdrop of the drama in Cape Town, which until earlier this month was projected to run out of water as early as July, forcing the closing of household taps and extreme rationing.
A court document filed Thursday shows 44-year-old William Jeffrey West is charged with murder in the slaying of Kathleen Dawn West. The 42-year-old woman’s partially clothed body was found in the street outside their home in Calera, Alabama, in January.
It was just days ago that a team of scientists from NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration spoke at length about the potential to use nuclear weapons to divert an incoming asteroid, and now Russian researchers are singing a very similar tune. In a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics, a large group of Russian researchers revealed their simulated models of how such an event might unfold, and just how much power would be needed to save Earth from an asteroid Armageddon. The simulation used a small-scale asteroid fragment and a laser to attempt to gauge the force that a bomb would have to deliver to a hazardous space rock as it flies headlong for Earth. The data gathered was then scaled up, and the scientists believe they’ve reached a conclusion.
U.S. taxpayers have paid just shy of $1 million to fund Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin’s flights aboard military aircraft, according to government documents cited by Politico. The documents, obtained by a watchdog group via a Freedom of Information Act request, detail a weeklong trip to the Middle East that Mnuchin took in October, to the tune of $183,646. The new documents confirm what was first reported in October — that Mnuchin had cost the government hundreds of thousands of dollars in trips aboard military aircraft, and that doing so was not illegal, at least according to his own department.
The giant retailer earlier this month applied for a patent for "drone pollinators" that would fill in for the declining population of bees that now help fertilize the crops needed to produce the food sold by Walmart and other grocers. Bee populations are shrinking rapidly, with scientists pointing to pesticides as one cause of the decline in the winged insects that also serve as the world's pollinators. Walmart's patent application notes the steady decline in recent years of pollinating insects, which in addition to bees includes ants, beetles, butterflies and wasps. The March 8 application says that a more conventional method of fertilizing crops and spreading pollen -- using crop-duster planes -- has had limited success.
Coloring utensils and other tools found in eastern Africa reveal humans likely became sophisticated much earlier than scientists previously thought, according to new research. An international team of archaeologists believe that some of the materials were gathered miles away from southern Kenya’s Olorgesailie Basin site, which may indicate social networks were formed about 320,000 years ago—100,000 years earlier than previous estimates.